Korean Celebrities who are Biracial or of mixed Korean Heritage
We’re living in the 21st century, but it’s still quite rare to find biracial or mixed celebrities of Korean heritage, active in the Korean entertainment industry.
You’ll often see models for commercials, extras in dramas and movies who are biracial or partially Korean – but in order to attain leading roles and become a recognizable in Korea, being a native-level speaker of Korean is a necessity and one of the biggest obstacles for those who want to break into the industry.
If the entertainers do not have the language ability or adequate communicational skills in Korean, the roles and opportunities he or she would be given, will be very much limited.
The chances of them becoming well-known and successful talents in the Korean entertainment industry will depend on their Korean skills among other conditions.
I’ve selected a short list of biracial or mixed celebrities of Korean heritage who are active in Korea and also added a couple of international big names who are partially of Korean heritage.
Lee Joon-Kyung, who is known by his stage name Dok2 (pronounced Dokki), is a Korean rapper, producer and co-founder of the Illionaire Records.
Lee’s mother is Korean, while his father is Spanish and Filipino.
Daniel Henney is an American actor and model.
Henney was born to a Korean American mother and an American father.
Michelle Lee is a Korean singer. Lee was born and raised in Korea by her mother. She was born to a Korean mother and African-American father.
Kolleen Park is an American-born musical director, conductor and actress.
Park was born in the U.S. to a Korean father and an American mother of Lithuanian descent.
Ha Hee-ra is a Korean actress and former child actor, who was born in Korea to a Taiwanese immigrant father and a Korean mother.
Natasha Shanta Reid who is best known by her Korean name Yoon Mi-rae, is an American-born Korean rapper and singer.
She was born in Texas to a Korean mother and an African-American father, but was mostly raised by her mother in Korea.
Kim Su-jung is a Korean child model and actress.
She was born to a Korean father and a mother who is half Korean and Uzbek.
Jeon So-mi is a Canadian-Korean singer based in Korea. She was born to a Dutch-Canadian father and a Korean mother.
Sean Richard Dulake is an American actor and director, born to a British father and a Korean mother but was brought up in Los Angeles. He’s known to be first cousins with Korean actor, Lee Byung-hun.
Ameriie Mi Marie Rogers, who is known as “Ameriie” is an American singer, songwriter, author and record producer.
She was born to a Korean mother and African-American father. When she was a few months old, the family lived in Korea for three years.
Hansol Choi, better known as Vernon, is one of the rappers from the Korean boy group SEVENTEEN. His mother is American and his father, Korean.
Lee Dong-jun (born Daniel Sandrin) is an American-born Korean basketball player. His elder brother, Eric followed him to Korea and in 2009 also naturalized as a Korean citizen. The brothers were born to an American father and a Korean mother.
Insooni is a Korean singer who was born to an African-American father and a South Korean mother. She was born and raised in Korea by her mother.
Chanel Iman is an American fashion model was born in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up in California. Her mother is Korean and her father is African-American.
Pascal Dior is a fashion model, bodybuilder and actor who was born to a French-German father and a Korean mother.
Joo Hyun Mi is a Korean foxtrot singer, whose father is Taiwanese and her mother, Korean.
—– J. Chung.